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Christmas Pie Plate Gift Ideas
Christmas Pie Dishes Make Great Christmas Gifts for Cooks
Christmas is such a special time, a time for giving, for refection, for feasting and for celebrating the birth of Christ. It's also a festivity based on a much older celebration that took part in the early winter, and who doesn't need a bit of cheer in the depths of the coldest time of the year?
We love to celebrate Christmas with roasts, pies and cakes and special festive foods. I always make mince pies, a chestnut pie for my vegetarian friends, cranberry and apple pies (I've added a picture of one of my hot winter-warming meat pies complete with pie bird), and they always go down a real treat.
What would I like to find in my Christmas stocking? Well, one of these pie dishes wouldn't go amiss. What better gift to give (and receive - hint hint) this year than a Christmas pie dish?
The Christmas pie plates that I've chosen are all pretty as a picture, merry and bright, but tough and practical too. After all a pie dish is not just for Christmas!
Nikko Christmas Tree Pie Plate - Part of a coordinated Nikko Christmas china design range
This pretty Christmas tree 10" round pie plate is elegant and understated. It has a fluted edge - easy to handle, and is safe for oven, microwave and dishwasher. If you want to add to your collection, you'll find other Nikko china with Christmas patterns to match.
Portmeirion Christmas Story Pie Dish - Spode Christmas Tree-Green Pie Plate
In my youth, and that is going back somewhat now, I was given a Portmeirion mug and plate with a botanical rendering of the Daisy (Bellis Bellis) by my friend Caroline, and I've loved Portmeirion ware ever since. These pie dishes would make a lovely gift, and it's fun to add to your Portmeirion ware collection over the years.
Today Spode is a Stoke-on-Trent based pottery company that was founded by Josiah Spode (1733–1797) in 1770. Josiah Spode earned renown for perfecting under-glaze blue transfer printing in 1783–1784 – a development that led to the launch in 1816 of Spode's Blue Italian range which has remained in production ever since.
Josiah Spode is also often credited with developing a successful formula for fine bone china. Whether this is true or not, his son, Josiah Spode II, was certainly responsible for the successful marketing of English bone china.
The Portmeirion Group now owns Spode so that's why you'll see this pie dish described as Spode.
You can buy super-festive bright red Portmeirion pie birds to go with the dish - a lovely festive touch.
A Christmas pie bird just adds that finishing touch!
This dish has a wonderful vintage-looking Christmas tree on it - guaranteed to take you right back to your childhood, and reassuringly decorated in a cheerful red and green. Portmeirion also produce a pie bird with a Christmas tree on its breast which perfectly compliments the pretty Spode Christmas tree plate.
Do You Know What Pie Birds Are? - They have a fascinating history
We've all heard of the "four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie but did you know they actually did bake LIVE birds in pies? No?
Here's a clue in the form of a lovely, scarlet pie bird and dish together, available on Amazon:
Holly-trimmed plate and cardinal pie bird
This is a 9-1/2-inch pie plate made of stoneware with an unglazed bottom for even baking and long life.
A pretty stunning ceramic cardinal pie bird is placed in the center to vent steam durking baking. The pie bird is surrounded by sprigs of green holly covered with red berries - classy and Christmassy.
Safe for oven, microwave, freezer, dishwasher and comes with a five-year warranty.
Pfaltzfraff make a whole range of Winterberry china including dinnerware sets, china and cute little 'extras' such as the light-up vintage pottery store - great for decorating your Christmas dining room.
A little Pfaltzgraff history
The company all began with German-born Johann George Pfaltzgraff. In the 1800s, Pfaltzgraff trained as a potter was unable to start his own business there so he and his wife moved to Pennsylvania where George Falsgraff, a relative, had been working as a potter since 1811. Johann set sail in May 1833 landing in Baltimore, Maryland and by 1835he was living in Conewago in York Country, where Falsgraff lived.
In 1839 JPfaltzgraff moved to Freystown then near City of York to establish a pottery, later taken over by Johann's nephew, Henry Miller.
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My Pie Complete With Blackbird Pie Bird
Only one blackbird baked in my pie!
I made this meat pie to christen the brand new blackbird pie bird that my mother had given me as a gift and I was delighted with it.
I'd been doing a little research into pie birds and had remembered how my great aunt used to bake pies with a blackbird pie bird inside them.
Making pies is so much fun and you can really use your imagination when decorating them.
This pie wasn't baked for Christmas but just think of all the pretty and funny Christmas-themed decorations you could devise for your sweet and savoury Christmas pies!
Rowe Pottery Pie Plate - you can personalize it and add a Christmas message
Rowe Pottery began production of salt glaze stoneware in Cambridge, Wisconsin, in 1974 as a one person pottery studio, and retains that connection to the craft's traditions right up to today..
Each piece of pottery is made by an artisan, and many are hand decorated; each piece conforming to the pattern but each with individual variations including the potter's and decorator's signature mark. Make use of the personalised plate to send a Christmas greeting to someone very special.
Nothing can be nicer than to receive a Christmas gift that has been thoughtfully and specially chosen. Send a personal seasonal message to your loved ones with this pretty plate. The whole pie dish has a personal, organic quality.
It's oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
Rowe Pottery for Christmas - Candy canes are so very reminiscent of Christmas
Does anyone actually give candy canes at Christmas? We certainly never received them as Christmas gifts when we were children, but that doesn't mean that they didn't figure largely in our Christmas decorations. Candy cane ornaments took pride of place on our Christmas trees and candy canes featured often on our Christmas greeting cards. I love this understated plate. Have a look at this plate on Amazon.com - the blue and white colouring gives it a very traditional feel, doesn't it?
Rowe Pottery Works Candy Cane Pie Plate 9"
This festive candy cane pie dish is ideal for baking and for serving pies or quiche because the glaze is so tough that you can use a knife to cut your pie without damaging the plate.
Jolly Red and Green Pie Dishes - Festive and fun
Lots of Ho Ho Ho's and Christmas cheer here! These jolly red and green Christmas pie dishes really SHOUT HAPPY CHRISTMAS! They are just so much fun.
There are a whole bunch of these fun pie dishes - I've shown just one - and you might like to check them all out - all available at Amazon:
Merry Christmas Y'all Pie Plate
Merry Christmas Ya'all! Exuberant and full of festive fun.
Snowflake Serving Plate
A white snowflake set in a rich, red pie dis. Pretty hot!
Red & Green Christmas Polka Dot Pie Plate Dolomite Holiday Party Collection
Shout Happy Christmas with red stripes and white spots. The green trim finishes off the festive effect.
Snowman Dolomite Pie Baking Pan Adorable Christmas Bake and Serve Pan
This snowman pie plate is hand painted and made from hard dolomite so it's oven safe up to 425.
Also dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.
Red stripes and green spots with cinnamon sticks and polka dot bow - so over-the-top!
Christian Pie Dishes for Christmas - Pie dishes with a Christian message
Christmas is all about the birth of Christ so I was pleased to find these pie dishes with a Christian message on each. They are lovely dishes with lovely thoughts and wishes.
Here are a few of my choices:
Abbey Press "Thanking God at Christmas" Deep Dish Pie Plate - Christian Home Kitchen Gift 55462T-ABBEY
"Thanking God at Christmas for the blessings he sends through the loving hearts of family and friends."
Blessed Are You Pie Plate
This plate reads: "Blessed are they who care deeply and share joy, who give generously and live selflessly, who show kindness and grow in grace, who make homes happy and take joy in others. Blessed are you."
On the base of this plate you'll find the words: "Christmas is a Journey of the Heart It is the way home to what matters most in life-- It is the path that leads us to be more heartfelt in our giving and more loving in our living. It is the journey that follows the One True Light to everlasting Love and Life".
Polmedia Polish Pottery Pie Dish With Stars - A star turn for your Christmas table
When I first discovered Polish pottery it was love at first sight. Polmedia Polish pottery is made from a white clay found only in the Boleslawiec region of Poland. It's fired in kilns at high temperatures (higher than 2200 F and the glaze is lead and cadmium free.
Not only is this Polish pottery opulently and exquisitely decorated by hand in Boleslawiec, Poland but it's also tough and practical. It's microwave safe, dishwasher safe and oven safe up to 480F. You can even put it in the freezer/ The glaze is chip and scratch resistant, easy to clean and perfect for everyday use,
The Christmas Star is so much a part of Christmas. It was the star that guided the three wise men to the stable and we still decorate our Christmas trees with Christmas stars
Christmas Pie Dish Stocking Stuffers
Christmas is a festival of motherhood and birth, of family, of celebration and Thanksgiving, of feasting and of giving, so what better gift to give than a dish designed by artisans for a feast? Mothers show their love for their families through their cooking and pie has become a symbol of motherhood and the hearth, but more than that, it is a symbol of love.
Here's a little cracker to finish with:
Lenox Red Ribbons and Birds Pie Dish - China Winter Greetings Oval Baker
Lenox Winter Greetings Oval Baker, Fine China Dinnerware
Red ribbons, birds with sprigs of holly and pine decorate this beautiful Lenox china oval baking dish. the motif is repeated around the exterior, this time joined in a Christmas swag.
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© 2013 Barbara Walton